Supreme award for innovation

16 October 2014

Plant & Food Research has been recognised for its innovation, winning the Supreme Innovator Award and the Sustainability & Cleantech category in this year’s New Zealand Innovators Awards, for research that will change the way the world fishes.

Precision Seafood Harvesting is a Ministry for Primary Industries Primary Growth Partnership programme created to commercialise technology developed by scientists at Plant & Food Research. The programme, co-funded by Sealord, Aotearoa Fisheries and Sanford, is optimising technology that targets specific species and fish sizes, enables the release at depth of juveniles and lands fish in a semi-rested state. This reduces non-target species taken and maintains the health of fish stocks. The use of the system is expected to increase GDP by $43.6 million per annum by 2025.

Another Plant & Food Research project, breeding bees with resistance to the fatal varroa mite, was a finalist in the Argriculture & Environment category.

The New Zealand Innovators Awards aim to celebrate and recognise innovative high growth New Zealand organisations and put them on a national stage to celebrate innovation and commercialisation. This year’s awards were presented at a celebration event held at Auckland’s Shed 10.

For more information on the development of the Precision Seafood Harvesting technology, see

For more information on the bee breeding programme, see

Emma Timewell
Communications Manager, Corporate Communications,
Plant & Food Research Mt Albert,
120 Mt Albert Road, Sandringham
Auckland, 1025, New Zealand
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